As we welcome Fall's beautiful leaves and cozy evenings, we also get to readjust our skin care routines and try something new. With every new season our skin adjusts and needs different ingredients. Last week, we helped you find the perfect Vitamin A product to retexturize and renew summer skin, this week I would like to focus on nourishing and replenishing.
Even with all of the most active exfoliants in the world, skin cannot and will not retexturize and glow without nourishment, healing, and hydration. For my clients who love to exfoliate but forget to hydrate, I always remind them that hydrated skin actually has much higher natural cell turnover than dry skin. This means that hydrated healthy skin will create new skin cells faster, and produce them at the surface sooner. Skin that is constantly dry and sloughing off due to forced exfoliation will actually become more sluggish in this process. For this reason, using a nourishing serum over your exfoliants and actives is an absolute necessity to preventing premature aging.
Many moisturizers are packed with wonderful hydrating and nourishing ingredients, but the most effective formula for potent healing and nourishing ingredients is a serum. Serums are able to penetrate deeper into the dermis because of their light consistency and small molecular size.
For healing and rebuilding, the most cutting edge ingredients are stem cells and growth factors. The most effective of these are of the human variety and are generated in a lab. Human stem cells have the amazing ability to repair and rebuild damaged cells, while also proliferating into many other healthy skin cells. After thorough testing in our studio lab we are excited to be offering NeoGenesis Stem Cell Serums. Winner of an Innovative Ingredient Advancement Award in 2017 and Oncology approved, NeoGenesis offers the most advanced stem cell cosmeceuticals available today. Their fabulous serums harness your body's own natural regenerative mechanisms to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making your skin look and feel vibrant young and healthy. NeoGenesis Recovery Serum is a breakthrough serum that improves anti-aging results, speeds the healing process and reduces inflammation. Recovery contains multiple adult stem cell released molecules, including potent antioxidants, peptides, and many other anti-aging molecules. This powerful serum acts as a power boost to naturally return the skin to a healthy and radiant state. It is safe for daily use and corrects even the most damaged skin. Recovery also speeds the healing process and reduces post treatment inflammation and irritation with any anti-aging procedure including chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and micro-needling. This is an excellent serum for chronic and traumatized skin conditions. We are also recommend taking a look at NeoGenesis Skin Serum and Eye Serum.
Plan stem cells are also found in many skin care products, but they just do not perform the same as human stem cells. Plant stem cells are better for their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, not for regrowing healthy skin cells. Among our favorite plant cells is Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) leaf Cell Culture Extract. Lilac Stem cell is know for re-balancing, soothing, anti-acne and anti-redness properties. Among our most loved stem cell serums are Rhonda Allison Sea Gems, Face Reality Hydrabalance and Michele Corley Revitalizing Stem Cell Eye Gel.
Stem cells are also responsible for creating growth factors. Growth factors are large proteins that move between cells as messengers to promote healing, growth, and survival. Much like collagen production, growth factors production slows as we age, and as a result we are not healing and growing new cells like we used to. Adding human growth factors into your skin care routine creates a restorative reaction within your skin cells that triggers healing, replenishment, and even new skin tissue creation.
For the most concentrated form of growth factors look to Le Mieux EGF DNA. The active proteins in this serum give it an interesting scent but it is potent and is used to treat burn victims. Rhonda Allison also creates high quality growth factors for every skin type. For acne prone skin that also needs hydration, try out Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Gel. This gel is safe to use under Face Reality Acne Med and helps heal and fade scars and breakouts. Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Serum, on the other hand, creates a warming sensation on the skin and feels like a light oil. Many clients like to use this serum as their PM moisturizer, while dry skin types will like it layered underneath a night cream such as Sorella Apothecary The Balm.